National Disability Employment Awareness Month

GOODWILL® PROGRAMS DRIVE LONG-TERM SUCCESS FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. is pleased to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October and embraces this year's theme: 'My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am'

This October, Goodwill Industries International will join the nation in acknowledging the importance of employees with disabilities — a vital component of the U.S. labor force — during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year's celebration marks 70 years since President Truman authorized Congress to officially recognize workers with disabilities.

This year's theme, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor — "My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am" — underscores the fact that employees with disabilities bring a wide variety of skills to the table. They make up nearly 20 percent of America's workforce, yet their unemployment rate is more than twice that of workers without disabilities. It is crucial that American employers continue to make efforts to hire workers of all backgrounds and abilities.

For 113 years, Goodwill has worked tirelessly to support job seekers with disabilities and specialized circumstances through training, placement and employment efforts. The Goodwill 2015 Achiever of the Year and Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year award recipients exemplify the benefits of Goodwill's employment programs and highlight the achievements of both those currently enrolled and those who have gone on to independent success.

The Goodwill Industries International Achiever of the Year, Steve Hennessey, is a person who has shown great progress and accomplishment in overcoming challenges to finding employment and who still benefits from the Goodwill work environment. Hennessey lost his father at a young age and was placed in a home for people with intellectual disabilities after his mother was no longer able to care for him. Today, he lives independently and is known for his hard work and infectious smile at a federal building, part of a Goodwill Omaha, Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, custodial program, where he's worked since the age of 20. "I just like to work," said Hennessey.  "I want to work a long time." Click here to view a video about Steve.

The Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year award honors a person who has completed a Goodwill career program and found success with a non-Goodwill employer. Archie Gibbs, the 2015 honoree, couldn't be more worthy of the designation. After experiencing profound hearing loss as a child and enduring an abusive family situation and life in the foster care system, he arrived at Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia (Macon) in 1998 to receive career training. There, he rose through the ranks of the Goodwill’s custodial service training program, and today he and his wife, Chericah, own and operate Coleman Cleaning Service, providing residential and office cleaning. "I never thought I [would] be where I am today if I didn’t have faith, God and Goodwill in my life," said Gibbs. Click here to view a video about Archie.

"Supporting the needs of job seekers of varying needs and abilities is at the core of what we do at Goodwill every day," said Aubry Worrall, Employment Specialist of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. "We are so pleased to celebrate the achievements of Goodwill program participants, and all employees with disabilities, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

For more information about how your donations help us support employees with disabilities in obtaining meaningful employment, visit our website at www.lincolngoodwill.org.

Goodwill & Hotel Transylvania 2

GOODWILL® TEAMS UP WITH SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT TO SUPPORT RELEASE OF “HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2” AND TO COMBAT UNEMPLOYMENT

Be Your Own Monster, Shop Goodwill to Help Neighbors Earn Employment

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has teamed up with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the release of the animated film, “Hotel Transylvania 2,” to encourage people across the United States and Canada to do their Halloween shopping at one of Goodwill’s more than 3,000 stores throughout North America, including one of 7 stores in southeast Nebraska or online at shopgoodwill.com®. Goodwill and Sony Pictures unite with the message “Be Your Own Monster,” urging consumers in southeast Nebraska to make Goodwill their Halloween Headquarters for creating unique, affordable costumes —- even costumes based on one of the movie’s characters, such as Dracula, Mavis or Frank. When costume seekers shop at Goodwill, they help people in southeast Nebraska get job training, earn jobs and access other community-based services. Sony Pictures Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” is in theaters now.

“The Goodwill partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment for the release of ‘Hotel Transylvania 2,’ is innovative, and an amazing opportunity to use the characters from the film to help consumers in southeast Nebraska know that Goodwill is the place to go to build unique and one-of-a-kind costumes,” said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “When people shop at Goodwill, they are supporting Goodwill’s mission of putting people back to work. Last year, more than 2,400 people were served by Goodwill in southeast Nebraska.”

George Leon, executive vice president, Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing, added, “By partnering with Goodwill as a key Halloween destination for ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’, we’re going to see families and kids expressing their natural creativity as they bring their favorite characters to life for trick-or-treating. Not only will they be creating the kind of memories that money can’t buy, they’ll also be doing good in their own communities by funding Goodwill’s mission.”

About Hotel Transylvania 2

In Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania 2” from Sony Pictures Animation, Drac’s pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure!  Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!  The film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, written by Robert Smigel & Adam Sandler, and produced by Michelle Murdocca.

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